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We amplify progressive, disruptive ideas about theatre and facilitate connection between diverse practitioners. We function as a  “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values. All of the content (essays, videos, podcasts) on HowlRound comes from the theatre community who chooses to participate—that means you!

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Something for Everybody
Essay

Something for Everybody

Radical Inclusion in a Modern Adaptation

20 February 2020

Aley O’Mara discusses Will Davis’s production of Everybody at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

Writing for Young Audiences with Dania Ramos and Michael Aquino of Timestorm
Podcast

Writing for Young Audiences with Dania Ramos and Michael Aquino of Timestorm

Adventures in Audio Fiction Podcast #1

19 February 2020

For the premier episode of the Adventures in Audio Fiction Podcast, host Tamara Kissane discusses writing audio fiction for young audiences with Dania Ramos and Michael Aquino, the producers and creators of Timestorm, a series in which twins travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history.

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Woke Supremacy
Essay

Woke Supremacy

A Critical Perspective on the American Theatre

18 February 2020

Donny Repsher talks about a new permutation of American racism he calls “woke supremacy,” race and the institution, white fragility, and more.

Upcoming Events

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Livestreaming Arts, Culture & Community Investment - CultureBank Dallas
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Livestreaming Arts, Culture & Community Investment - CultureBank Dallas

with Ignite/Arts Dallas: A Center for People, Purpose + Place

Tuesday 25 February 2020
Dallas, Texas

Ignite/Arts Dallas presents Arts, Culture & Community Investment - CultureBank Dallas livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Tuesday 25 February at 11 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-8) / 1 p.m. CST (Dallas, UTC-6) / 2 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5).

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Livestreaming a performance of Portrait of the female artist as influencer
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Livestreaming a performance of Portrait of the female artist as influencer

from Bucharest, Romania

Sunday 1 March 2020
Bucharest, Romania

A performance of Portrait of the female artist as influencer livestreams from Bucharest, Romania on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 1 March 2020 at 9 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5) / 17:00 GMT (London, UTC+0) / 18:00 CET (Budapest, UTC+1) / 19:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC+2).

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Livestreaming the Reshape Intensive Zagreb
Video

Livestreaming the Reshape Intensive Zagreb

A meeting of art practitioners actively rethinking and reshaping organisational models for the arts sector in the EuroMed region

Monday 9 March - Wednesday 11 March 2020
Zagreb, Croatia

RESHAPE presents the Intensive Zagreb meeting livestreaming from Zagreb, Croatia on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 9 March to Wednesday 11 March 2020.

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

Board Development Must Reads

Here are some of the HowlRound pieces I think all theatre board members, Artistic Directors and Executive Directors would do well to read. They cover a variety of issues related to the general themes of change at various levels (from community and audience to stage, staff, and boards), and diversity, inclusion and equity. Discussions of each of these at the board level would begin to do several things that could have an important impact on expanding the boards role in the theatre's success by shifting a board’s idea of its role from "check writers," "cheer leaders" and primarily financial overseers, to something broader and more active in terms of community engagement and creating audience demand. These discussions would also deepen board members knowledge of each other; broaden the board’s perspective of what’s possible; introduce board members to the multiple facets of the demographic and cultural changes that are happening all around them; and hopefully, create a sense of urgency about addressing these issues at all levels of their organizations.

Diversity for Dummies
Essay

Diversity for Dummies

25 March 2017

Ralph B. Peña offers advice to those looking to diversify their theatre companies and productions.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Arts Management
Essay

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Arts Management

An Exposé and Guide

20 May 2015

Elena Muslar offers her take on providing greater access to, creating more opportunities for, and showcasing arts administration as a viable career for people of color.

The Need for Cultivating Theatre Critics of Color
Essay

The Need for Cultivating Theatre Critics of Color

7 April 2017

Tanuja Jagernauth and Regina Victor discuss the lack of theatre critics of color, and issues surrounding agency and consent for theatre artists of color.

Articulating Content and Creating Familiarity for Audiences
Essay

Articulating Content and Creating Familiarity for Audiences

14 May 2017

Meghan Randolph surveys theatregoers to consider best practices to market lesser-known plays.

Invitation to Interpret
Essay

Invitation to Interpret

An Audience Makes Meaning Together

29 May 2017

What can we learn about audience engagement and how and why audiences make meaning out of experimental theatre from a twenty-four-year performance experiment?

Life After #Ferguson
Essay

Life After #Ferguson

Continue the Conversation

10 January 2015

Co-founders of St Lou Fringe Em Piro and Tara Daniels talk about how artists and institutions can continue the conversation started after #Ferguson, and how important it is to do so.

Seeing Change at the Forefront of a Movement
Essay

Seeing Change at the Forefront of a Movement

The 51% Preparedness Plan

18 May 2015

Leslie Ishii and Daniel M. Mayeda share the 51% Preparedness Plan, with the hopes of creating a more diverse and inclusive field by 2042, when the nation will be majority minority.

The Circle Then, The Circle Now
Essay

The Circle Then, The Circle Now

The Latinx Theatre Commons at Four Years

12 November 2017

An overview of the history and progression of the Latinx Theatre Commons by Brian Herrera, as the LTC enters its fifth year of cross-cultural collaboration and lifting up and strengthening Latinx and Latin American Theatre.

To Inflame the Civic Temper
Essay

To Inflame the Civic Temper

7 May 2017

Bari Hochwald of the Global Theatre Project discusses the need for artist activists today to “inflame the civic temper” and address the refugee crisis.

Appropriating Cultures for Fun and Profit
Essay

Appropriating Cultures for Fun and Profit

13 March 2016

Playwright David Copelin explores the idea of cultural appropriation versus misappropriation, and asks if playwrights should limit themselves in terms of what kind of characters they write.

Theatre Criticism: Theory and Execution

Critics are essential to the HowlRound community, and the following pieces are either careful examinations of the art form, or brilliant examples of criticism in practice.

Are Theatre Critics Critical? An Update
Essay

Are Theatre Critics Critical? An Update

1 April 2015

Frequent contributor Jonathan Mandell considers the current condition of theatre criticism and theatre critics.

Why Hamilton is Not the Revolution You Think it is
Essay

Why Hamilton is Not the Revolution You Think it is

23 February 2016

James McMaster on the politics of Hamilton and the need for a musical theatre revolution.

Pause, Move Forward
Essay

Pause, Move Forward

Physicality and Inner Strength in Colossal

28 July 2015

Spencer Shannon on Colossal by Andrew Hinderaker, produced by Boston's Company One Theatre.

Cultural Microaggressions in Theatre Reviews
Essay

Cultural Microaggressions in Theatre Reviews

A Call for Dialogue

16 March 2016

The Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee responds to a recent New York Times review containing a cultural microaggression.

The Need for Cultivating Theatre Critics of Color
Essay

The Need for Cultivating Theatre Critics of Color

7 April 2017

Tanuja Jagernauth and Regina Victor discuss the lack of theatre critics of color, and issues surrounding agency and consent for theatre artists of color.

Theatre Criticism Now
Essay

Theatre Criticism Now

Twitter Chat Archive 13 August 2018

9 August 2018

Announcing a #howlround twitter chat on the state of theatre criticism now on Monday 13 August at 4pmET.

Series

Transgender Series

A series from trans theatre artists that highlight diverse stories of a trans community of practicing artists working to create visibility in the theatre and the world.

Trucks, Country Music, and Class
Essay

Trucks, Country Music, and Class

25 October 2014

I don’t want to write an article about how we don’t see enough of a certain kind of people on stage. We are all working within an unfortunate system that, for the most part, elevates the work that mirrors itself. Instead of talking about production, I want to write about the art that we are making, because we are artists making art, whether it’s produced or not.

Queering The Room
Essay

Queering The Room

Some Beginning Notions For A Queer Directing Practice

24 October 2014

Director Will Davis shares his experience navigating theatre spaces as a queer person.

The Trans Artistic Body
Essay

The Trans Artistic Body

23 October 2014

I’m at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the women’s restroom washing my hands. A woman walks in, “I must be in the wrong place,” she says and walks out. Then she walks back in, “No, you’re in the wrong place,” she says, seething with confidence. I walk out, not sure of my place.

Cast of the Fully Functional Cabaret.
Just Say Yes
Essay

Just Say Yes

22 October 2014

Drawing a comparison between the manifestation of love and activism, Annie Danger offers compelling insight into queer art in theatre.

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Going In
Essay

Going In

Gender Discovery Through Performance

22 October 2014

I gravitated towards performance art. Many questions emerged from my practice. What am I on fire to do? What gender(s) can I explore? Where is the niche for performers like me? How do I engage my entire history? Do I pursue opportunities that call for a specific gender(s)? Who is my audience? How do I market myself effectively? Will my intentions and choices determine how I am read or is that something outside my control?

Portrait of Bianca Leigh.
The Adventures of a Male-Bodied Transwoman in Drama School
Essay

The Adventures of a Male-Bodied Transwoman in Drama School

21 October 2014

I was often cast in small roles or the chorus. I learned to watch and listen. Creating a point of view about everything that happens onstage—even when I didn’t have a single line—was invaluable experience. I could make up whatever backstory I wanted. The many pages and youths I played didn’t have strict binary restrictions, so in my heart I was the saucy kitchen wench.

Photo from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.
Not Here for the Bard
Essay

Not Here for the Bard

Candor from a Shakespeare Detractor

20 October 2014

Imagine, if you will, a slumber party. A group of tweens huddles around a television in the carpeted family room of a two-story house. Most of them stare, mouths slightly open, entranced by leading man Leonardo DiCaprio. Caught up in his twenty-something good looks, they have found what they’re looking for. But not all of them. Not me.

Beyond Cool
Essay

Beyond Cool

Moving Towards True Transgender Visibility

19 October 2014

MJ Kaufman shares insight on the necessity of trans voices being developed and acknowledged in diverse, multi-faceted, and complex narratives. 

Essential LTC Reading

Follow the journey of the LTC through our HowlRound posts!

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Radical Ideas Welcome
Essay

Radical Ideas Welcome

What Should the Latinx Theatre Commons Do Next?

13 September 2018

Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Producer Abigail Vega reflects on the last six years of programming, and encourages the community to submit ideas for future LTC programming.

Curating Courage and the Future of Latinx Theatre / Valentía Curatorial y el Futuro del Teatro Latinx
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Curating Courage and the Future of Latinx Theatre / Valentía Curatorial y el Futuro del Teatro Latinx

1 August 2018

Playwright Georgina Escobar reflects on the curation of the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Carnaval of New Latinx Work: ¡ConeXión!, which took place 19-21 July 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. / Escritora Georgina Escobar refleja sobre la curación del 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval de Obras Nuevas, cual fue el 19-21 de Julio del 2018 en Chicago, Illinois.

ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval
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ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval

6 August 2018

Regan Postma-Montaño reports on the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons' Carnaval of New Latinx Work, which took place on 19-21 July in Chicago, Illinois.

Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium
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Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium

30 April 2018

Trevor Boffone, Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Georgina Escobar, and Lauren Villegas reflect on the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Symposium on 14 April 2018 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Coming Full Circle
Essay

Coming Full Circle

The 2017 LTC International Convening

21 December 2017

Carla Della Gatta and Marci R. McMahon look back on the 2017 Encuentro de las Américas International Theatre Festival that took place 2-12 November at the Latino Theatre Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Circle Then, The Circle Now
Essay

The Circle Then, The Circle Now

The Latinx Theatre Commons at Four Years

12 November 2017

An overview of the history and progression of the Latinx Theatre Commons by Brian Herrera, as the LTC enters its fifth year of cross-cultural collaboration and lifting up and strengthening Latinx and Latin American Theatre.

The Latinx Theatre Commons' Peter Zeisler Memorial Award Acceptance Speech
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The Latinx Theatre Commons' Peter Zeisler Memorial Award Acceptance Speech

14 June 2017

The Latinx Theatre Commons receives the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award.

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Toward Inclusivity
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Toward Inclusivity

A message from the LTC

18 January 2017

The LTC steering committee announces a name change to the Latina/o Theatre Commons. 

The Composition of Latinx Aesthetics
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The Composition of Latinx Aesthetics

23 August 2017

Georgina Escobar reflects on the past four years of Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) convenings, and developing an understanding of “Latinx aesthetics.”

#LTCseattle
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#LTCseattle

Flooring It with Espírito

14 May 2016

Elaine Ávila writes about her experience at the Latinx Theatre Commons convening in Seattle, WA.

A Leap of Faith to Seattle
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A Leap of Faith to Seattle

3 March 2016

Armando Huipe describes the organizing principles behind the upcoming Latina/o Theatre Commons convening in Seattle, WA.

#LTCdallas
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#LTCdallas

Challenges, Opportunities, and Reflections of the Texas Latina/o Theatre Community

2 March 2016

Trevor Boffone reports on the Texas Latinx Theare Commons Dallas Regional Convening.

Confessions of a Convert
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Confessions of a Convert

22 August 2015

Lisa Portes on the power of shared leadership and collective action as embodied by the Latinx Theatre Commons.

Presente
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Presente

A Roll Call of New Latina/o Plays

29 April 2015

The twelve plays to be showcased at Carnaval 2015 are just the tip of the iceberg. The totality of the plays submitted for consideration represents the depth and breadth of artistic ambition within the Latina/o theatremaking community.

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Welcome to the New Café Onda!
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Welcome to the New Café Onda!

20 July 2014

We are committed to providing a safe, crowd-sourced space for online dialogue and discussions around the topic of Latina/o theater. As the definitions of Latinidad and Latina/o theater continue to shift and evolve, so will Café Onda / Nos dedicaremos a proveer un espacio positivo, creado de opiniones publicas donde las conversaciones acerca de los temas de el teatro Latino/a puedan florecer. Así como es cambiante e indefinida la identificación académica y artística de lo que es Latinidad y el teatro que lo representa, así también Café Onda será siempre cambiante y evolucionará en forma colectiva.

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Our Digital Present
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Our Digital Present

11 October 2014

Café Onda (the Journal of the Latinx Theatre Commons) can’t make all our virtual dreams come true, but this space can celebrate the dynamic creativity and connectivity of Latina/o theatermakers as together we build our digital present.

Encuentro 2014
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Encuentro 2014

Moving Forward, Never Forgetting the Past

2 November 2014

Professor Jorge Huerta gives a short overview about the precedents that led to the historic and revolutionizing event, focusing on the growth of Chicano/a theatre festivals since 1970. 

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Latinx Theatre Commons National Convening
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Latinx Theatre Commons National Convening

Day One

1 November 2013

The Latina/o Theatre Commons National Convening has finally arrived in Boston. 78 Latina/o artist converged together for the biggest meeting since 1986.

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Latinx Theatre Commons National Convening
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Latinx Theatre Commons National Convening

Day Two

2 November 2013

Day two of the Latinx Theatre Commons results in a declared Latina/o Theatre Day in Boston, a quandary of if there needs to be Latina/o theatre, and the strength to make their own table.

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Latinx Theatre Commons National Convening
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Latinx Theatre Commons National Convening

Day Three

3 November 2013

Day three of the Latinx Theatre Commons asks for everyone to make a commitment to mentoring and being a mentee to each other in order to continue building community.

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